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9. Brad Pitt & David Thewlis Were Banned From China For Starring In Seven Years In Tibet

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As this list will make clear, China has proven itself extremely sensitive where the Free Tibet movement is concerned, and has aggressively targeted any actors who have shown outward support for Tibetan independence.

Unsurprisingly, the Chinese government were none too thrilled with the release of 1997's war drama Seven Years in Tibet, which depicts the events leading up to China's occupation of Tibet.

China condemned the film's unpleasant portrayal of Communist Chinese military officers and its more positive depiction of the 14th Dalai Lama, before deciding to outright ban stars Brad Pitt and David Thewlis from China altogether, along with director Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Pitt's ban was eventually lifted in 2014 to help him promote films in the region, and he visited again in 2016, while Annaud was allowed back into the country in 2012 to chair the jury of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Thewlis hasn't been quite so lucky, though, and his ban appears to still stand some 24 years later.


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